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Carlos A. Diaz-Velazquez | San Juan, PR United States | 11/06/2006
(4 out of 5 stars)
"Watch this DVD once through and then just jump into it. You will: Sweat, stress-out your big muscles and jump around enough to feel the ol' ticker tick and, yes, you will change your body. There are two workouts included here (listen, whatever you do, do not buy the "Total Body Workout 2"; it is one of the two workouts already in this DVD) a basic but challenging beginner's set and a second more weights-intensive version. Mr. Holland is very effective at motivating you just as he was in the first "Men's Health Abs Diet" DVD. In this one he works alone and in real-time, the workout is longer and stronger. You will use weights, you will do pushups, ab crunches, and Squats. And you will feel the burn... I think this DVD will be a great addition to your arsenal, it will come in handy as you join the battle for good health. Do it!"
Solid full-body strength/cardio circuit workout
Beth Cholette | Upstate NY USA | 10/10/2007
(4 out of 5 stars)
"In Total Body Workout, instructor and exercise physiologist Tom Holland gets a lot done in a short amount of time. Although this workout is just 43 minutes long, it packs a punch: it's fast-paced, and Tom keeps you moving the entire time. Furthermore, the workout is filmed in "real" time, so there are no edits, no breaks. This is a circuit workout, with Tom alternating free-form cardio intervals (you can do whatever you want here: march, jog, jumping jacks, grapevines, etc.) with strength segments.
The Main DVD menu offers the option of playing the entire Total Body Workout or going to the Exercise Menu, which breaks up the exercises into 19 chapters as follows:
1. Squats 2. Bicep Curls 3. Plie Squats (inside quads) 4. Squats (outside quads) 5. Crunchs 6. Push-Ups 7. Shoulder Press 8. Static Lunges 9. Obliques 10. Dumbbell Rows 11. Front Lunges 12. Raised Bent Knee Crunches 13. Triceps 14. Alternating Front Lunges 15. Front Raises 16. Backward Lunges 17. Lateral Raises 18. Alternating Backward Lunges 19. Putting It All Together
Although it doesn't appear on the menu, Tom begins with a cardio warm-up (again, allowing you to choose the moves) and then does a few brief stretches; he does the same thing to cool-down at the end. The general format of the workout is weighted upper body work, unweighted lower body work, abs, push-ups (these are skipped in a couple of series), 1-minute cardio interval, and repeat. For the "Putting It All Together" segment at the end, Tom repeats every strength exercise once (no abs, push-ups, or cardio).
This workout has some upbeat music (performed by Tom's brother and including some lyrics), but it's just Tom exercising alone on a rather sterile white set. Furthermore, the moves are pretty basic and traditional, so there's not much of a "fun factor" here. However, if you are looking for a no-nonsense circuit workout to target your entire body in a relatively short period of time, Total Body Workout is a solid choice."
W & M Tide | 01/29/2007
(5 out of 5 stars)
"This is a no nonsense workout that will make you stream with sweat while working every part of the body. The workout incorporates cardio with strength training for maximum calorie expenditure and fat burning. Even the most fit will be challenged by this workout, since the intensity level can be raised with the simple addition of heavier dumbbells. If you want a straightforward workout that will make you sweat and feel like you have thoroughly conditioned your entire body, this workout is the one to get."
Anirban Mukerji | Bangalore India | 09/07/2008
(4 out of 5 stars)
"The total body workout is a good workout as it uses minimal equipment. The only investment required are pairs of dumbells. All the exercises can be done at home
However it will require a great deal of fitness for anyone to complete the 42 minutes of workout
Not for you with bad knees
Lulu Gal | 03/22/2010
(3 out of 5 stars)
"This is a good variation from the other things I am doing, once or twice a week. The only thing I would change would be all the lunges he does..ouch, my knees! Don't have trouble with them usually, but they can get sore with this one. My husband does have bad knees and can not do this one..wouldn't suggest for everyone."